Ngoma Awards 2012

I am very proud of the Ngoma Award I won in 2008 for my years of contribution to the development of musicians in Zambia and am very happy to see that the awards are coming back. The picture above is of my ‘Grammy’! Thanks to George da Soulchild Kaufela, co-presenter of our Sunday night radio show, for this piece.

The 15th Annual Ngoma Awards which are designed to recognize artistes in creative writing, visual arts, and theatre as well as media arts are slated on Wednesday, 19th December, 2012. The awards which are hosted by the National Arts Council of Zambia (NAC) and sponsored by Zambian Breweries are back after a two year hiatus.

This year in the category of the Chairman’s Award there is an opportunity for Zambians in the Diaspora who have attained outstanding achievement in the arts, in film, music, literature, visual arts, theater, dance, acting to be honored. The criteria are as follows: “A Zambian in Diaspora; man or woman of Zambian descent who has attained outstanding achievements in the arts sector in their country of residence or further.”

On Wednesday 29th November the Awards Nomination party was held at LIV Club in Lusaka. From 18 hrs -21 hrs.where some nominees were revealed.

Some of the nominees include.

Macky 2 nominated for the Emmanuel Mulemena award for best male performer

Mampi nominated for the Joyce Nyirongo award for best female performer.

Abel Chungu nominated for the Alick Nkhata award for best vocal recording — and Scarlet nominated for most promising upcoming performer.

Ngosa, Mazuba and Nambeye, the social media ladies! —.

Local artist Exile nominated for the Emmanuel Mulemena award for best male

We certainly hope these Awards we be more organized then the born n bred Video Awards.


Mosi Lager Awards, Zambia 2013

Thanks to George da Soulchild Kaufela, co-host of our Sunday night radio show, for this important news for Zambian musicians.

Zambian Breweries Plc in partnership with the National Arts Council has launched the K1 billion Mosi Lager Zambian Music Awards aimed at recognising excellence in the Zambian music industry. The first awards show slated for February 22 2013 will see the best of Zambian music talent awarded after public nominations which open on December 14 2012.

Some of the Zambian Music Awards (ZAMA) categories include Afro beat, Zed beats, Kalindula, Dance Hall, Rhythm and Blues, Praise and Worship, Jazz and Rhumba, Song of the Year and Production of the Year.

Music fans will be given a chance to vote for their favourite artistes by sending an SMS to 6767 or by voting online at meanwhile artistes and radio DJs are also encouraged to nominate themselves be simply visting the website.

It is without a doubt that the newly launched awards will lessen the pressure on the Ngoma awards which are multi discipline awards as most Musicians will go for the Mosi Lager Zambian music awards.


Ruff Kid Nominated!

Thanks to George da Soulchild Kaufela for this one!

Zambia might be missing at the prestigious Channel O Music Video Awards 2012 but there is still hope in the entertainment industry as Zambia’s Ruff Kid has won a nomination at this year’s Black Entertainment Film, Fashion, Television and Arts (BEFFTA) UK awards.

Ruff Kid who is known for his eccentric rap music becomes the second Zambian to be nominated for the BEFFTA in the best international act category, pitting him with top charters Zahara, Camp Mulla, Cover Drive, Dbanj and Grace Galaxy.

The other only Zambian to be nominated in that category was CRISIS in 2011 who went on to win the prestigious annual award.

The ‘Chilibwe Chakale’ singer posted on his Facebook page about the nomination,

“I am nominated at this year’s BEFFTA AWARDS UK under Best International Act. So thank you all very much the support is very much needed, Voting will begin on Sunday 7th October and ends on Sunday 21st October via

I am nominated alongside Zahara, Camp Mulla, Cover Drive, Dbanj, and Grace Galaxy,” confirmed Ruff Kid.

Good luck!


Channel O Africa Awards 2012

From Times of Zambia via George da Soulchild

Last year the Zambian music industry promised to be heading for greatness as Zambia’s hip-hop group Zone Fam were nominated for the prestigious Channel O Music Video Awards but this year the story is different.

Africa’s foremost urban music channel, Channel O announced the nominees for its prestigious 9th Annual Music Video Awards on Friday, 31 August 2012 and there was no room for any Zambian videos as big continental stars got the nominations.

Among the leading multiple nominees are Kenyan hip hop hotshots, Camp Mulla who have matched their Flight of the Fish Eagle – Naturally Supreme Most Gifted Newcomer Video and Most Gifted African East Video nominations for “Party Don’t Stop” (featuring Collo) with a high-profile nomination in the Most Gifted Video of the Year category for the video for “Fresh All Day”.The latter video also sees Camp Mulla in contention for the Most Gifted Duo, Group or Featuring Video category where they are up against a powerful pack of artistes – South Africans MiCasa (“Heavenly Sent”) and Liquideep (“Still”) as well as Zimbabwe’s Buffalo Souljah ft Cabo Snoop (“Styra Inonyengesa”) and Nigerian superstars, P Square (“Chop My Money” featuring Akon and Mayd).

Another newcomer earning more than one nomination is fiercely indie and genre-defying South African artiste, Toya Delazy who matches her Flight of the Fish Eagle – Naturally Supreme Most Gifted Newcomer Video nomination for “Pump It On” with one for Most Gifted Video of the Year. Delazy and Camp Mulla are joined on the Flight of the Fish Eagle – Naturally Supreme Most Gifted Newcomer Video category by Nigeria’s Davido (for “Dami Duro”), Ghana’s E.L. (“Turn The Lights Down”) and South Africa’s Donald (“I Deserve”).

Two of the most closely watched categories at the annual Channel O Music Video Awards are traditionally Most Gifted Male Video and Most Gifted Female Video – and this year is no different.

In 2012, one of the awards’ leading nominees, South Africa’s Khuli Chana is in the running for Most Gifted Male for his video “Tswa Daar” featuring Notshi – a video that has also seen the rapper earn nominations for Most Gifted Hip Hop Video and Most Gifted Video of the Year. Going up against Khuli Chana for Most Gifted Male are Angola’s Big Nelo with “Sente O Beat”, South Africa’s Pro with “Makasana”, Nigeria’s D’Banj with “Oliver Twist” and Tanzania’s Ay for “Speak With Your Body” featuring Romeo and Lamyia.

Most Gifted Female Video is likely to prove as hotly fought as its male counterpart. Leading the charge is multiple nominee, Mozambique’s Lizha James with her video “Leva Boy” featuring Perola. James, who is also in the running for Most Gifted R&B Video and Most Gifted Video of the Year, faces competition from Nigeria’s “Tiwa Savage” with “Love Me Love Me Love Me”, Nigeria’s Mo’Cheddah featuring Phenom with “See Me”, Uganda’s Keko featuring Maddraxx with “Make You Dance” and breakout South African star Zahara with her megahit “Loliwe”.

2012 will see the awards taking place on Saturday, 17th November at Walter Sisulu Square in Kliptown, taking the Channel O Music Video Awards to Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa for the first time. “We continue to recognize and acknowledge the magnitude of African music and musicians. The nominations in this year’s awards are yet another reflection of how Channel O is celebrating African musical talent, how it keeps growing from strength to strength and how we keep striving to stay Original African,” says Leslie Kasumba, Channel O Africa Manager.

Chela Katwishi Rocks! (In London)

Thanks to George da Soulchild Kaufela for this nice piece about my old friend Chela Katwishi who will MC at the 2012 UKZAMBIANS Excellence Awards In London this Saturday!

Chela blossomed from the literary world at a tender age of 18 and found himself in the world of broadcasting. His broadcasting career took off as an assistant producer in 1989 at Zambia Broadcasting Services, later renamed Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC). He subsequently rose through the ranks to senior producer, Radio Two & Radio Mulungushi. Having acquired his advanced diploma in broadcast journalism at the Africa Literature Centre in Kitwe, Chela was awarded best overall public relations student upon graduation.

At 28, he was appointed youngest senior private secretary to former Zambia President late Dr. Frederick Chiluba at State House. He spent the next 10 years working for privately owned Radio Phoenix in Zambia. He steadily rose through the ranks to assistant supervisor. He attained a masters degree in international journalism at Cardiff University in Wales and subsequently taught & trained at various radio stations in Zambia, under the Media Institute of Southern Africa as programme officer: radio & good governance.

Chela became the first Zambian radio presenter to promote Oliver Mtukudzi’s ‘Tuku’ Music single-handedly on Zambian airwaves and he has won various radio awards in different categories. Appointed director of programmes & marketing for the first privately-owned television station in Zambia, MUVI TV, he was later appointed as director of news, current affairs & marketing for MUVI TV. He accepted a further appointment as general manager for MOBI TV in Zambia.

Chela worked as real talk researcher / assistant producer at OH TV, London and is currently working as a client liaison manager for a privately-owned accounting firm in London. To top it all, he is currently pursuing a PhD programme on a part-time basis. This MC has interviewed various presidents and heads of state, including high profile personalities on radio & television and has been master of ceremonies and DJ for several state functions, society weddings, private parties and various occasions worldwide. As a veteran MC, he will surely keep everyone entertained throughout the evening. Guest MCs include Mansour Bellow and Brenda Mulenga.

The UKZAMBIANS Excellence Awards are prestigious Zambian Diaspora Awards bestowed upon the most celebrated, highest achieving Zambians, groups, and friends of Zambia. The Awards serve as a platform for distinguished academia, accomplished entrepreneurs, successful business professionals, top personalities and others within the Zambian Diaspora and is the highest profile community event in the history of Zambians in the Diaspora. The UKZAMBIANS Excellence Awards 2012 will be held on Saturday, 9th June in London.

Big up Chela! Get in!



Another UKZAMBIANS interview forwarded to me by George da Soulchild Kaufela, up and coming Zambian musician and radio presenter. Catch him on Zambezi 107.7 fm.

The year is 2003 and Zambian radio is playing “Kukafipa” and “Wanjebele Uleisa” by Shimasta, a new singer who has taken the industry by storm. His debut album just came out and the vibes on it clearly send out this message “Shimasta is here to stay”.

His recent hit “Natotela” with Loue X is a testimony to what Shimasta is capable of doing. He started out under the mentorship of Nasty D where he honed his traditionally influenced rap and hip-hop style. Almost 10 years to the day Shimasta is still going strong. We caught up with him and found out what he is doing now.

UKZAMBIANS: You seem to have taken a break from music. What’s going on in your career right?
Shimasta: I have been busy working on new things. After the successful ‘Supu Mudonyele’ album, my Music Video for “Tonight” was nominated for a Born ‘n Bred Award and I have had shows in Tanzania, Malawi, and Katanga in DRC. I have been writing songs in the process and I am currently working on a very entertaining matured DVD album on called 9yn.

UKZAMBIANS: We thought you had an album with Red Linso, how did that go?
Shimasta: That sweet album with Red will be coming soon, can’t wait for its release as well. Right now my focus is my coming DVD 9yn that is under Waybcyt Records and MwelaOnse Entertainment with production from Chilima a.k.a Mabwana.

UKZAMBIANS: We have heard your new songs and it seems you have changed your style. Is this deliberate?
Shimasta: Hahaha! I have two styles: I rap and sing. 9yn is strictly a singing album, it has no age limit, it’s an album you can get for anyone without thinking twice.

UKZAMBIANS: Now, let’s go back to when you started out as musician to where you are now. Your songs used to get a lot of radio play like back in the day; do you think the music industry has changed?
Shimasta: I miss Mondo Music Records. Today Zambian music has grown but the record labels today aren’t doing enough, we now market and manage ourselves, original CDs are cheaply sold and piracy is everywhere. Recording an album is expensive, that’s why there are too many singles on air. I love concerts more than making noise on air.

UKZAMBIANS: You are right about Mondo Music, they did so much for the artists back in the day. Nowadays it seems a lot of new artists are doing better than the veterans, do you feel the competition?
Shimasta: Names are made and many are fighting for the number one spot in Zambian music, it’s sad at the same time exciting for everyone because we’re all striving to bring out our best. Personally the only competition is the one I see in me (myself), that’s how come I am still here. I have seen best artists come and go, I wear Jersey 9yn or 17 (KALABA) only God can stop me.

UKZAMBIANS: What do your fans expect on the 9yn DVD?
Shimasta: Maturity and experience, it’s a DVD with true life stories and entertainment at its best. You need to watch out for this because I am working with Waybcyt videos as well as professional actors and actresses and dancers. It’s going to be in stores last week of April, 2012.


Mr Vezzy

Thanks to George da Soulchild Kaufela, co-host of our regular Sunday night radio show on Zambezi 107.7 fm for this interesting piece:

‘Lvee’ or rather Mr Vezzy as he is know today has been around on the local Zambian music scene for a while now. The “no sweat no sweet” rapper had taken a break from the now very competitive music industry but last year saw him pick up a ‘Born ‘n Bred’ award in the category of Best Hip-Hop Video for his hit song “Ama Bad Boy”, which signalled his return to the industry. This year his new single hit airwaves a couple of weeks ago receiving massive airplay – the new single is called ‘Every Day (Nima Lota)’ produced by King James for So’ Good Ent.

On this song MrVezzy addresses his absence from the game and the name change from LV to MrVezzy he also touches on a wide range of current social issues such as the Liato case, the Chipolopolo AFCON dream as well as the rise of gossip sites like Kachepa360 and Tumfweko. 

‘Every Day (Nima Lota)’ is the first track release from MrVezzy’s forthcoming album which features collaborations with some prominent international and local artists. The album is set for release in early March 2012 – very soon in fact!


Mr Swagger

Zambia’s top International Hip-Hop artist, Mr. Swagger, talks to UKZAMBIANS about his Grammy experience (via George da Soulchild Kaufela):

In between celebrating the Chipolopolo AFCON 2012 win and getting Valentine’s on,we caught up with Zambia’s top International Hip-Hop artist and multi award winner, Mr. Swagger, formerly known as C.R.I.$.I.$., to find out about his first Grammy Awards experience. Here is what he had to say.

UKZAMBIANS: How were the Grammys?
Mr Swagger: While people were winning Grammys, I was wondering how Zambia was doing in the football game. Everything was happening at the same time and, the laws of physics couldn’t allow me to be in both places at the same time

UKZAMBIANS: Oh man, that must have been hard not to watch the finals in full.
Mr Swagger: The Grammys are the biggest event in music and, it was just sad that a we lost a great contributor to the industry. It kind of put a dark cloud over the event, even though it went on as scheduled. Losing Whitney Houston was like losing a sister in the family. She shared a lot with the world through her music. This is how we’ve been able to relate to her through the decades

UKZAMBIANS: The whole industry is in shock with her death. How did your Grammy invite happen?
Mr Swagger: The funny thing about that is, it was very random. I have an album called ‘Designer’ which I released in 2008. It was my first International release. It’s also the one album that has sold the least but, it was recognized by the Recording Academy. As you may know, the Grammy’s are strictly on invitation and, ‘Designer’ is the one album I’ve done that they recognized and based on that, I got an invitation to attend the 54th Grammy Awards.

UKZAMBIANS: Wow! We are happy that your hard work is paying off. We saw some photos of you with Just Blaze, J Cole, Cory Gunz and Shaggy, Did you get to talk to these stars?
Mr Swagger: Yeah, the thing about such events is that, you get to meet people and, sometimes you re-connect at a later date and, sometimes you don’t ever see each other again. The most random thing happened to me. I was at Heathrow Airport, returning from the BEFFTA Awards where I had just won BEST INTERNATIONAL ACT. While connecting flights, I met a guy called ‘Skrillex.’ We sat next to each other in the departure lounge and we got talking. He happened to be a musician. We exchanged contacts and had a really good vibe. During the Grammy’s, I met him as I was heading to the auditorium and, we both recognized each other. Skrillex was nominated for a Grammy and, he won. My point is that, you get to meet people and, as time goes you start crossing paths and you get familiar with each other and, that’s how you build relations.

UKZAMBIANS: Good thinking man, you are an inspiration. Now A few years ago, there was talk about you auditioning to join G-Unit, can you talk about that?
Mr Swagger: I was in London when I met G-Unit at the BBC Radio Offices. It was just a meet and greet. If anything, I had about a one minute conversation with 50 Cent and spoke to Olivia for about minutes. The whole crew was there including Mase who I also spoke to for a few minutes. All I did was tell people that I met these guys and, as third hand information goes, it gets distorted. Someone decided to twist the story.

UKZAMBIANS: What do you think of the local Music Award shows after being at the Grammys?
Mr Swagger: I must commend the Zambian Award Show creators to start with. It takes a bit of work to achieve show’s that are at Grammy level. The good news is that, we’ve started making strides towards something. You must remember that, the Zambian music industry has been around for a long time but, it went through a time when nothing was happening. It died but, thanks to companies such as Mondo Music for bringing it back. We have a lot of catching up to do and, people need to understand that, we are still a young music industry so, there will be a lot of trial and error before our standards are solidified. I believe that things will improve. Rome was not built in a day.

UKZAMBIANS: We hear you are working on a new record called Business Is Good? How is it shaping up and why name is B.I.G
Mr Swagger: I haven’t been in the studio that much because I’ve been travelling a lot. In between, I’ve been getting chances to record and prepare for the next session and so forth. I’ve been taking my time because this album is part of a bigger vision. I named the album ‘B.I.G (Business is Good)’ because, it’s a reflection of how I see things. There are many elements that contribute to this venture. Music is fun but, it’s a business. The album title is a double entendre. It has many meanings to it in relation to business and music as a whole.

UKZAMBIANS: Is that song you did with Lil Flip going to be on the album?
Mr Swagger: The song is called ‘Since You Hate Me.’ Yeah, I was debating with myself. The thing is that, I’ve been getting a lot of good feedback from that joint. People in Zambia that have heard it have given it good dap and my peeps in the US are loving it, I guess that’s a “yes.”

UKZAMBIANS: Talking about haters.We must admit that you are probably one of the most talked about rapper in Zambia and by ‘talked’ about I mean positive and negative talk is that song addressing that?
Mr Swagger: My boy Titus Ramiz from Chicago, USA came up with the hook. I just laced the vocals and aired out what I felt in my heart. Wolf, a lot of people want to make blogs just like yours but, they will never be you. It’s usually people in your own field that spark the fire. The good news is that, they’re talking and, it only increases your blessings when you’ve done nothing to provoke them. Thanks to all the haters for continuously giving me a ladder to step on their heads.

UKZAMBIANS: We get you, thanks for your time man, any words you want to say before we wrap up?
Mr Swagger: I just want to thank you for your time. I read your blog whenever I get the chance and, I think you’re doing a phenomenal job. I’d like to thank my wife and family for being supportive.


Born N’ Bred 2011

George da Soulchild ‘Kaufela’ writes:

“2011 Born n Bred Music Video Awards set for December 9th at NIPA

Zambia’s ‘Born n Bred’ music awards are set for December 9th at Nipa College, these are the ultimate music video awards on the Zambian music scene! Last year’s winners included hip-hop artist Slap D, gospel artist Tio, Copperbelt singer Dandy Krazy and R&B singer JK who scooped 5 awards!

Last year’s awards show was held at Mulungushi International Conference Center in Lusaka but this year’s ceremony will be held at NIPA College although I still don’t understand why the venue has changed –  anyway all roads lead to NIPA on 9th December! The big question on everyone’s mind is who will scoop the big prize of the night “Best Music Video Of The Year”. 2011 has seen a huge improvement in music video production in Zambia, making this year probably one of the toughest years the awards have faced, with very stiff competition in all sectors.

‘Born n Bred’ awards are the brainchild of ZNBC radio and TV presenter Innocent Kalaluka aka ‘Smooth IK’. This is the 6th edition of the awards but so far not much information has leaked as to who has, and has not, been nominated. Soulchild can tell you word is that Petersen, JK, ZoneFam, Afunika, Mampi, TY2 and Kaufela, Oga Family and Roberto plus many more will be on hand to offer superb entertainment on the night.

The awards will be aired live on ZNBC TV from 9pm on December 9th.

Don’t miss!”

More Ty2

George da Soulchild (aka Kaufela) co-host of our Sunday night radio show on 107.7 fm wrote a follow up piece to my blog about Zambia’s sensational Ty2!

“Local ragea/ragga artist Mbangweta Mwendaweli aka Ty2 has one of the most powerful voices on the local music scene, some compare his style to that of award winning American musician Shaggy. Ty2’s biggest hit so far has to be his cross over song “Smile” from his first hit album of the same title, released under Mondo Music Co-operation, recorded under David Sling Studio “Sling Beats”in 2004. By 2005 the song had become an anthem receiving massive airplay on most Zambian radio stations and some outside Zambia as well. ‘Smile’ earned Ty2 a nomination at the Koral Awards (in the best international ragga/regea category) held in South Africa the same year.

Two years down the line music fans began to forget Ty2 – the biggest contributory factor must have been the three years he spent in England – but the Zambian music landscape was changing so fast that if you weren’t in it you’d be left behind – as is the case now with most pioneers of the so called ‘new Zambian music’ who all seem to be struggling with sales and shows. Ty2’s last two albums were fair but not well received by Zambian music fans, resulting in low CD sales. His signing with JK and Kayombo’s promotion/distribution company “Jakayo” didn’t really seem to help.

Now in 2011 TY2’s new single “Spotlight” featuring Kaufela, produced by Roni of Raising Sounds in Livingstone, seems to be turning things up for him, putting him back in the spotlight where he should be! He has the whole country dancing and singing along. The song’s music video has received a lot of hits on YouTube and is also receiving major airplay on local TV stations. Music critics predict that the song might just be as big for Ty2 as ‘Smile’.

Rumour has it that Ty2 is currently recording his new project with Raising Sounds Studio in Livingstone, I listened to some of his new music and it sounds good, new and improved. It’s usually hard for musicians anywhere in the world to make a comeback but it looks like Ty2 has it figured out and I wish him all the best.”

And so say all of us!

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